Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and a hidden gem for tourists. Excellent game-viewing and notable birding can be expected when visiting the park. Great populations of elephant, lion and African wild dog exist in the park, with some of the highest densities of these species occurring here. The Rufiji River runs through the park and is the focal area in which most safari operators are based. Huge pods of hippo and massive crocodile populations can be found all along the rivers pools and on its banks. This vast remote wilderness that teems with game offers a truly intimate nature experience and is a refreshing contrast to the busier northern circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Masai Mara). Due to its remote location and the difficulties of getting there by road, most visitors opt to fly in from Dar es Salaam on a charter plane, which is recommended.

Why we like it

Africa's largest park; True wilderness tracts; Fantastic safari opportunities; Proximity to Dar Es Salaam

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 55 000 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Mloka Village

Accommodation in Selous Game Reserve

Kiba Point, Selous

Kiba Point is a luxury safari camp situated in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve. It is a very small and intimate camp, with just 4 luxury suites making up the accommodation. Each suite is spacious and elegantly designed, with open fronts and private plunge pools. The rooms also have en-suite bathroom facilities, the beds are draped in mosquito nets, and there…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Kinga Lodge, Selous

Selous Kinga Lodge offers a luxurious safari retreat in the heart of the southern Tanzania wilderness. It is set on the banks of the mighty Rufiji River and right on the doorstep of the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa. The lodge feature eight safari cottages and two permanent luxury thatched tents, each spacious and comfortably furnished.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Rufiji River Camp, Selous

Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. Spectacular sunsets are chorused by hippos grunting and a plethora of bird song. The camp is seasonal and is closed for the months of April and May. Rufiji River Camp was redesigned in 2009 to compliment the perfect…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Selous Game Reserve

Mikumi and Selous 6-Day Tour, Tanzania

Tanzania's Northern Circuit of safari destinations is famous and frequently visited. However, the destinations on the country's Southern Circuit are equally impressive, and have the added advantage of being far less crowded and congested. This makes for a more relaxed, intimate and exclusive safari experience. The 6-day safari tour visits two exceptional parks on the Southern Circuit- Mikumi and Selous.…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Selous Luxury Safari Tour

This Tanzania safari tour comprises classic-style game drives, as well as boat and walking safaris. Guests depart from Dares Salaam by to Rufiji River Camp in Selous Game Reserve, either by road or by air. You embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, and return to Rufiji River Camp. On day 2, enjoy a full day game viewing…

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Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tanzania Combination North and South Safari Tour

Tanzania, located on the east coast of Africa, is one of the continent's premier nature, wildlife, and safari destinations. It is home to over 15 national parks, game reserves and protected areas, each unique and home to a spectacular array of wildlife. With this comprehensive 18-day safari tour, you can get a taste of the best that Tanzania has to…

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Duration: 18 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Spotted Hyena

Key Species

African Wild Dog

Martial Eagle
Lappet Faced Vulture
Bateleur Eagle

Nile Crocodile


Savannah Woodland
Flood Plains
Rocky Outcrops
Open Water

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8.5
Trees: 9
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